Comprehensive geoscientific expertise in the metropolitan region of Berlin and Potsdam is bundled in the Geo.X research network. This network integrates universities and non-university research institutions. Geo.X partners are committed to a close cooperation in research, teaching, sharing joint infrastructure, internationalization and knowledge transfer. Geo.X is funded in equal parts by the Helmholtz Association and the Geo.X partner institutions.
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung -Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) [Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research - Alfred Wegener Institute] uses its competence to research climate-relevant processes in the permafrost regions on the mainland and the Arctic shelf seas, and in the polar atmosphere of the Arctic and Antarctic, via its Potsdam campus.
The Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR [German Aerospace Centre] Berlin-Adlershof carries out planetary research and exploration of the solar system, studies on the conservation of the environment, and the development of environmentally compatible technologies for the energy provision and mobility of tomorrow. Particular focuses are planetary remote sensing, geodesics and geology, asteroid and comet research with regards to endangering the Earth, planetary physics and interaction with biospheres and the search for and research of extrasolar plants.
The Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) [Free University of Berlin] distinguished as a university of excellence, has a large faculty of geosciences, which studies physical, chemical and biological processes in the Earth, on the Earth's surface and in the atmosphere, and the interactions between humanity and the environment.
Helmholtz Centre Potsdam - German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ is the national centre for researching the solid Earth, and examines the Earth system with its partial systems and their interrelation. The methodological key competences of the GFZ cover the use and development of satellite technologies and space-based measurement procedures, in the operation of geodesic and geophysical measuring networks, in the tomography of the solid Earth with geophysical depth sounding, in the implementation of exploratory drilling, in laboratory and experimentation techniques, and in the modelling of processes.
As a university of excellence, the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) [Humboldt University of Berlin] stands for "education through science". The geosciences concentrate on the area of geo remote sensing and informatics and the topic spectrum of geography.
The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) carries out inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research at the interface between science, politics and society. Focal topics are the transformation of the energy system, the development of sustainable governance approaches, and the role of economic, technological and cultural factors in sustainable development.
- Coordination: Kristina Steinmar
The Museum für Naturkunde (MfN) [Museum of Natural History] – Leibniz-Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity Research strengthens Geo.X’s scientific portfolio with research into impact events and biodiversity (geo-bioscience). Furthermore, the museum offers excellent opportunities for geosciences educational projects, with its exhibitions and research on scientific communication.
The Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) [Technical University of Berlin] has its geosciences focus in geodesy and geotechnologies as well as modelling and geoinformation systems.
- Institute of Applied Geosciences
- Institute of Geodesy and Geoinformation Science (IGG)
- Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur und Umweltplanung
- Coordination: Sylvio Mannel
Earth and environmental sciences at the University of Potsdam (UP) are amongst the four profile topics of the university as a "university research focal point". The departments focuse on Earth surface processes, natural hazard research and interrelations of the geo/biosphere internationally.
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision-making.
The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.
Coordination: Nadin Gaasch
Situated in the heart of the Lausitz region, BTU combines outstanding international research with future-oriented teaching. As a technical university, BTU offers a teaching concept found nowhere else in Germany: our courses of study lead to either a university or a university of applied science degree, or to a so-called dual education degree, which is obtained through a combination of academic schooling and vocational training.
With interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, knowledge and technology transfer and further education, BTU is looking for solution approaches that solve international as well as national and regional problems. These include challenges in the areas of energy, healthcare, environment, IT-based networks and communication and also cultural and social issues.
The Geoverbund ABC/J is the geoscientific network in the Research Region Aachen-Bonn-Cologne/Jülich. The geoscientific institutes of the RWTH Aachen University, the Universities of Bonn and Cologne and the Research Centre Jülich cooperate under the umbrella of this network. Through this cooperation, the expertise of the four partners in geoscientific research and teaching that has been acquired over decades is bundled and networked.
The Einstein Center Digital Future together with the Helmholtz Association have established a joint graduate program in Data Science. Established in 2018, the Helmholtz Einstein International Berlin Research School in Data Science– or HEIBRiDS for short – is an interdisciplinary program that trains young scientists in Data Science and in other scientific disciplines at the same time! It is our goal to educate a generation of researchers, who are exceptional data scientists and who understand the demands and the challenges of disciplines in which data science is a necessity.